Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Miami

El Palacio de los Jugos
El Palacio de los Jugos is a firm family favourite in the Flagami neighbourhood, serving up authentic Cuban food and fresh, natural juices.
Pubbelly
A critically acclaimed gastropub in Miami Beach, the small dishes at Pubbelly have an Asian twist and more than one nod from the James Beard Foundation.
Cantina La Veinte
Cantina La Veinte, with chef Santiago Gomez at the helm, is a riot of a restaurant with Mexican flavours and bold, bright design in Downtown Miami.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio
A Peruvian restaurant in the luxe surrounds of the Mandarin Oriental, La Mar by Gaston Acurio offers superlative cuisine and views of the Miami skyline.
NIU Kitchen
A Catalan tapas restaurant, NIU Kitchen casts a gastronomic glow over its corner of Downtown Miami with its flavour-packed dishes.
Blue Collar
Lashings of waistband-busting comfort food classics are the draw at Blue Collar, Daniel Serfer’s laid-back restaurant in the MiMo Historic District.
Setai Grill
Be lulled into the sumptuousness of dark wooden panelling and pearl that cocoons the Setai and prepare for a feast. 
Mercadito
Sushi Samba Dromo
Spot the celebrities between mouthfuls and then pretend you weren't looking.
Barton G
Barton G is one of the quintessentially OTT South Beach restaurants, lavish decor, beautiful people, over-inflated egos and great popcorn shrimp...
Prime One Twelve
Excellent steak, a prime location and the type of clientele that the paparazzi loves.
Joe’s Stone Crab
Joe's Stone Crabs are where it's at if you are a crab fanatic.
The Cypress Room
A timely reminder that fine dining still has its place and starched table cloths and buttoned-up waiters aren't just the reserve of period dramas.
Talavera
Waving the flag for authentic Mexcian cuisine in Miami is Talavera, which champions a menu of intense flavours. Be sure to wash everything down with a margarita or three.
Ortanique
You'd never guess that co-owner and chef Cindy Hutson was self-taught; the menu at Ortanique is to-dine-for, fusing together cuisines from South America, North America, Asia and the Caribbean.
De Rodriguez on Ocean
Owned and run by chef Douglas Rodriguez - something of a celebrity in South Beach and once name-dropped by Newsweek - De Rodriquez on Ocean serves up high-end Cuban cuisine on Ocean Drive.
Osteria del Teatro
Top Italian in the heart of the South Beach freak show.
The Forge
Scarface would have eaten here, Scarface wannabes eat here now. The wine cellar is enormous and the food - a mixture of meats and seafood - is verging on the outstanding. Book well in advance for your Wednesday night thriller.
Spiga
No attitude, just good Italian food in a smart setting.
Dolce Italian
Drag yourself off the beach and into this haven of Italian refinement for the finest Italian on the landmark Collins Avenue. 
Sugarcane
Spacious and sumptuous, Sugarcane draws on inspiration from Havana Nights with beamed ceilings and oversized fans; its menu, which combines a number of different cuisines, is a triumph.
Caffe Abbracci
While its interiors could do with a style overhaul - the décor is more Miami Vice than Miami Nice - Caffe Abbracci has succeeded where others have failed through good service and a reliable menu of Italian favourites.
Tongue and Cheek
Tongue & Cheek doesn't take itself too seriously but the relaxed vibe belies the genius in the kitchen. 
Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink is a rarity among Miami restaurants: simple, snazzed-up comfort food based on green, 'slow food' credentials, that doesn't cost the earth.  
Swine Southern Table and Bar
As Homer said, 'Mmmm......bacon'. 
Ola
Ola's cerviche's hit the spot.
Smith & Wollensky
Meaty classics by the waterside.
Escopazzo
Highly rated authentic Italian cuisine in an unlikely location.
Khong River House
Sublimely authentic Thai food with a gin selection to match. 
The River
You can always go Downtown, someone once said - and that's exactly what we recommend you do for The River, which serves up piled-high plates of sumptuous seafood.
Azul
Needing little introduction, Azul at the Mandarin Oriental is one of Miami's hottest tables; the M-Bar, at the other end of the hotel, adds to its allure.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille
A pleasing local restaurant which runs alongside it's sister fish market which means this is about as fresh as fresh gets when it comes to seafood.
La Locanda
Two small-time restaurateurs stick two fingers up at the flashy South Beach restaurants.
Casa Tua
Extortionately priced food but it is out of this world.
La Provencal
Fabulous French fare is served up at La Provencal, where culinary superstar chefs Terrou and Antoniotti have crafted the perfect menu.
Versailles
Cuban classics abound on the menu at Versailles (ignore the French name), which is always packed out with locals. A good sign, if ever there was one.
Meat Market
As the name suggests, Meat Market is where bloodthirsty carnivores come to indulge in doorstop-sized slabs of perfectly-cooked meat; vegetarians beware!
Juvia
With the panoramic, penthouse view, the lithe, Latino bods languidly lounging and the exquisite creations on your plate you'll need a third eye to soak it all up.... 
Zuma
Zuma - which has outposts in London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Istanbul - has a home in Miami, and what a home it is. Decked out by interior designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu, the décor is suitably decadent and the food even more so.
Romeo’s Café
Romeo will take your breath away in his darling little café.

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